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Mitsubishi Outlander LS Diesel (2013)
The later part of 2013 will see a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid variant join the new Outlander fleet.
But here and now there’s a new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel version available, with both six-speed auto and all-wheel-drive as standard.
We drove it in mid-range LS specification. While the 2.0-litre petrol CVT version does an acceptable job, the diesel is a more convincing package.
Its engine and gearbox combination feels more refined, offers better performance and lower fuel consumption.
The latest generation Outlander offers higher maximum towing capacities, with petrol models rated to 1600kg and the new ‘oilers’ to 2000kg.
Generational change also means the new model’s handling and general road manners are notably better than the old version, feeling more responsive and exhibiting less body roll through corners.
Arguably though, it’s still not a match for competitors such as the dynamic Mazda CX-5. Aspire and LS all-wheel drive models offer seven seats as standard. However, with row three in use, cargo space is limited. Row three seats are improved, but still only offer basic comfort and, space-wise, aren’t ideal for adults, even with row two slid forward.
The LS model’s standard reversing camera is handy, while a five-star ANCAP crash rating and seven airbags on all models add appeal. Mitsubishi’s capped price servicing (four years or 60,000km) applies to Outlander.
Improved road manners, safety, seven seats available, diesel/auto combination
Space issues when third row seats in use
Dual climate-control, 16” alloys, bluetooth with audio streaming, CD, reversing camera, rear park sensors, privacy glass, touch-screen central display, paddle shifters, security alarm
Dual front/front side/curtain/driver’s knee airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pre-tensioners/force limiters, hill start control
||Outlander LS Diesel
||SUV Over $40,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.2-litre, DOHC turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
||110kW @ 3500rpm
||360Nm @ 1500-2750rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||10.3 sec (as tested)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||26.8m (as tested)
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